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Rally celebrates Kick for the Cure results

10/24/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

During the 2013 Kick for the Cure Sept. 21, participants came together on the field of Green Memorial Stadium to spell out “hope.”
A group of coaches and players from Green and Hoover high schools were on hand during Green High School’s community homecoming rally Oct. 10 for the presentation of the 2013 Kick for the Cure fundraising checks to Kerri Franks, camp director of Camp Quality, Ohio and Sean Shacklett, executive director of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Northeast Ohio, shown front row at center.
Photos courtesy of Kick for the Cure
GREEN — This year’s Kick for the Cure fundraiser brought in a record-breaking $19,160, according to Karen Harlock, one of the event’s organizers.

The total was announced during Green High School’s community homecoming rally Oct. 10, she said. Despite poor weather conditions early the morning of the event, the turnout for the 2013 Kick for the Cure held Sept. 21 was good, Dennis Guilmette, fundraising chairman, told attendees at the rally.

Kick for the Cure brought together soccer players from Green, Hoover and Boardman high schools for matches at Green Memorial Stadium to raise funds to fight cancer, according to event organizers. All four Green High School teams — boys varsity and junior varsity vs. Boardman; and girls varsity and junior varsity vs. North Canton Hoover — earned victories over their opponents, Harlock said.

During the event, participants also came together on the field to spell out “hope,” a message to those battling cancer or suffering from the loss of a loved one, Harlock added.

The inaugural event was held in 2007 in honor of Shawn Basone, wife of Green soccer coach and middle school teacher Jeff Basone. Shawn died after a long battle with cancer in 2008, but the event continues each year, honoring Shawn and all others who have been touched by cancer, according to event officials.

During the 2013 Kick for the Cure, more than 1,000 event T-shirts were sold, and more than 60 donated baskets, including items such as lottery tickets, Pandora bracelets and Ohio State-themed items, were raffled off throughout the day. The dunk tank, where coaches from Green and Hoover took the plunge to support the cause, was a popular attraction, according to event organizers.

The annual fundraiser raises funds for selected local and national charities, according to Harlock.

Last year, $17,719 was raised, and the funds were donated to Stewart’s Caring Place in Fairlawn and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, according to Harlock. This year, Kick for the Cure selected Camp Quality, Ohio and the Susan G. Komen Foundation to be the recipients.

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